9th April 2010

Hesk Fell and The Pike


Walk Overview
Time 13.15 to 16.15
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.7 mile
Ascent 1390 ft
Walking with On my own
Birker Fell Road - Woodend Bridge - Hesk Fell - Copper Mines - The Pike - Crosbythwaite Bridge - Birker Fell Road
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Birker Fell Road (Winds Gate catle grid)

The reason for parking here was for quick access to the fellside around the Green Crag area. It isn't somewhere I'd normally set off from and to be honest I don't think I've ever seen any one else parked here.


Route Map

The first part of today's walk was done along the Birker Fell road; a high level route linking Eskdale and Ulpha. And while I realise this may not be the easiest place for most people to get to, and this type of moorland terrain isn't exactly everybody's favourite anyway, if it's peace, quiet and seclusion your after then this place is hard to beat.

Looking over Sike Moss to the dark craggy top of Green Crag.

Woodend Bridge; found on the narrow road which leads to Woodend farm.
I followed this road as far as the tree, and then headed up the fellside next to the wall.


The ground was sodden wet along here. You'd wonder how so much water could settle on a slope.

Devoke Water, taken from the point where I left the wall and headed onto the open fellside.

Hesk Fell's very small summit cairn. Don't blink or you'll walk straight past it.


Whitfell seen behind one of the ruins from the now disused copper mine.

And behind (or rather to the right of) one of the other buildings is The Pike.

With time still in plentiful supply I decided to do an out and back walk across to The Pike. This is only the second time I've been on The Pike so it made a nice addition to the walk.

The Pike summit, , , on the other side of the wall.

From the top you get this fantastic view down to Ulpha, Stickle Pike and Great Stickle.

Did I mention seclusion?

On route back across from The Pike, I took a look at this curiously shaped old enclosure.

This is handy; a gate from a sheepfold leading into the area below the intake wall. Perhaps I'd get a dry(ish) route back to the road after all.

Inside the sheepfold itself.

Heading down to Crosbythwaite Bridge.

Crosbythwaite Bridge.

Daffodils next to Crosbythwaite Bridge; reminding me what colour the sun would have been if it had put in an appearance.

A view back to The Pike, from the road back to the car.

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